Priest quits McKinney church after complaints about gay Web site
Posted on May 15, 2008
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A longtime priest of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas resigned Tuesday from his new post at St. Michael the Archangel Church in McKinney amid complaints about his past participation with an Internet site for gay priests.
The Rev. Arthur Mallinson “felt [resigning] was in the best interest of the parish, his family and the diocese,” said Annette Gonzales Taylor, communications director for the diocese.
Father Mallinson had begun work at the McKinney church only a couple of weeks ago, having been transferred by the diocese from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Lancaster, where he had served for years.
But Father Mallinson’s move prompted a widely circulated Internet item relating his history with the Web site and questioning whether he would drive families from the McKinney parish.
The Dallas Diocese did hear from a “small faction” of McKinney parishioners, but many more complaints came from around the country, generated by the Internet posting, Ms. Taylor said.
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